It has taken first-year coach Scott Davis of the Beechcroft High School boys basketball team only a few months to figure out how much of a mental battle the Cougars are in every time they face Brookhaven and Northland.

It has taken first-year coach Scott Davis of the Beechcroft High School boys basketball team only a few months to figure out how much of a mental battle the Cougars are in every time they face Brookhaven and Northland.

They hadn't given up more than 69 points to any opponent when they had an eight-game winning streak to start the season snapped with an 84-65 loss to the Bearcats on Jan. 13.

Last Wednesday they played Northland, which had won 51 consecutive regular-season games beforefacing Centennial last Tuesday.

In the second round of City League-North Division play, the Cougars meet Brookhaven (Feb. 6) and Northland (Feb. 10) at home.

"Brookhaven is a nice team and is much better than their record, but we didn't do anything in that game that we'd done in the previous eight games," Davis said. "I really think it was mental with our guys. There's a hump we need to get over to beat Brookhaven and Northland. At some point, it's a mental thing. I definitely think we have the physical ability."

Beechcroft, unlike last season when it lost two starters to ineligibility in late January, should be close to full strength for the season's remainder.

Josh Gouch (15.6 points) and Dominique Freeman (16.0 points) have continued to lead the way, and Leo Devlin scored 18 points last Friday in a 77-64 win over Centennial.

Beechcroft plays host to Whetstone on Friday in what appears to be a battle for second in the City-North. The Cougars beat the Braves 72-65 on Jan. 6 when Dominek Robinson had 13 points and Yves Nzwanga and Gouch scored 11. Freeman was serving the final game of a four-game suspension.

The Cougars then play Tuesday at Linden before the rematches with Brookhaven and Northland.

"Josh Gouch is really doing a tremendous job," Davis said. "He's the leading scorer, second in rebounding and leads us in 3-point field-goal percentage. He's selective in his 3-point shooting but is still shooting 47 percent. He's really taken a big leadership role."

•The boys swimming team got a boost in its hopes to have a strong showing at the City championships Feb. 7 when Devin Brown and Larry Dixon became eligible last Friday.

Last year, Brown was 32nd at the sectional in the 50-yard freestyle as he posted the fastest time in the event (28.34 seconds) in coach Dan Zedeker's five seasons. He likely will swim the 50 free and also could swim the 200 individual medley as well as race in relays.

"The 50 free is (Brown's) best event and he can swim the 100 also, but I'm probably going to put him in the 50 free and in the IM because he can do all of the strokes pretty well," Zedeker said. "I expect him to do something pretty good at the sectional."

The boys and girls teams compete in Division II sectionals Feb. 14 at Thomas Worthington.

Others on the boys team who could be factors at the City and sectional meetsare Kelvin Freeman and Max Lesher.

For the girls team, Katie Ta, Kalantra Franklin and Brittany Bohanan have been leading the way.

"Kalantra did the IM for the first time (Jan. 21) at Bellefontaine and did well," Zedeker said. "Brittany Bohanan is a sophomore whose time has been coming down. We've got her doing the backstroke right now and I've been impressed with how hard she's worked."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Beechcroft boys basketball, girls basketball, boys and girls bowling and boys and girls swimming teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 13 -- Lost to Brookhaven 84-65

*Jan. 20 -- Defeated East 102-62. Josh Gouch scored a season-high 25 points.

*Last Friday -- Def. Centennial 77-64. Dominique Freeman scored 20 points and Leo Devlin had a season-high 18.

Last Saturday -- Def. Licking Valley 70-56. Freeman scored 14 points, followed by Gouch (13), Leo Devlin (12) and Andrew Devlin (11).

*Last Tuesday -- Played Mifflin

*Last Wednesday -- Played Northland

*Friday -- Home vs. Whetstone. Beechcroft won 72-65 on Jan. 6.

*Tuesday -- At Linden-McKinley. Beechcroft won 98-65 on Jan. 9.

Of note: The Cougars were 11-1 overall and 6-1 in the City-North before last Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 13 -- Lost to Brookhaven 81-51

*Jan. 20 -- Def. East 44-31. TaRonna Neal scored 12 points and Au-Juvan Andrews had 10.

*Last Friday -- Def. Centennial 47-28. Neal scored 18 points.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Mifflin

*Last Wednesday -- Played Northland

*Friday -- At Whetstone. Beechcroft won 70-59 on Jan. 6.

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Linden. Beechcroft won 59-41 on Jan. 9.

Of note: The Cougars were 8-6 overall and 5-4 in the City-North before last Tuesday.

*City-North game

BOWLING

*Jan. 13 -- Boys: Def. St. Charles 1,841-1,745

*Jan. 21 -- Boys: Lost to Jonathan Alder 2,329-1,901; Girls: Lost to Jonathan Alder 1,607-1,317

*Last Tuesday -- Played Hilliard Darby

*Last Wednesday -- Played Westerville North

Monday -- Home vs. Hartley at Sequoia Pro Bowl

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Brookhaven at Sequoia

Of note: The boys team was 3-8 overall and in the Central-North and the girls team was 4-6 overall and in the Central-North before last Tuesday.

*Central-North match

SWIMMING

Jan. 17 -- Did not compete at Chillicothe meet. There was no school Jan. 16 because of bad weather.

Jan. 21 -- Boys: Finished third (20) behind Bellefontaine and Northland; Girls: Finished third (32) behind Bellefontaine and Northland

Last Wednesday -- Competed at East YMCA vs. Eastmoor and Independence

Saturday -- At City championships at Hunter Recreation Center